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It can happen to you – NU and Indegy discuss threats to industrial control systems and how to protect your OT infrastructure

JOHANNESBURG – September 16, 2019 – Cybercriminals have proven that they are more than ready to strike critical infrastructure, with potential examples of cyberattacks ranging from power facilities, transport systems and manufacturing plants, to water treatment facilities and defence systems, coming to the fore. It is clear that the chances of a cyber-related operational breakdown are higher than ever before, meaning that the time to broaden our understanding of relevant cybersecurity issues for industrial control systems and operational technology (OT) is now – we need to realise that it can happen to us and how to take the necessary steps to prevent these compromises.

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Safeguard your endpoint security as your employees work remotely… securely and holistically

JOHANNESBURG – September 11, 2019 - In a world where organisational endpoints leave the office, and employers are increasingly allowing employees to work remotely, the risk that these endpoints pose when connecting to the corporate network is immense. This has brought some significant consequences from a security perspective, with these devices expanding the network perimeter and thus making it more vulnerable.

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Networks Unlimited Africa partners with Hitachi Vantara for IT, OT and IoT data storage solutions

JOHANNESBURG – September 02, 2019 – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa, has announced a partnership agreement with Hitachi Vantara, a global data storage systems, software and services provider, that focuses its efforts on information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and the internet of things (IoT). Hitachi Vantara is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.

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New Networks Unlimited Africa partnership provides backup and replication solutions for virtual machines and physical servers – plus mailbox backup, recovery and backup storage for Office 365

JOHANNESBURG – August 28, 2019 – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa, has announced a partnership agreement with Altaro, a leader in backup solutions for managed service providers (MSPs), IT resellers and IT departments.

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Networks Unlimited Africa partners with Indegy to protect industrial control systems from cyber threats

JOHANNESBURG – August 19, 2019 – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa, has announced that it now proudly offers industrial cybersecurity in South Africa through a partnership agreement with Indegy, a leader in industrial cybersecurity that protects industrial control system networks from cyber threats, human error and malicious insiders.

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The best of the public cloud, privately, with Tintri by DDN

JOHANNESBURG – August 13, 2019 – When it comes to cloud computing, public cloud offerings are not always optimal for your business. A private cloud solution can offer the same scalability and agility as a public cloud deployment, with its own additional benefits.

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Rubrik offers backup that’s simple, faster and future-proof

JOHANNESBURG – August 06, 2019 – The rise of ransomware and other corporate threats has in turn boosted demand for off-site backup solutions. There is a growing requirement for stronger security at every point in the IT ecosystem, and backup is no exception.

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City held to ransom: how to safeguard your network from attack

Holistic solution suite and ongoing updates and maintenance required, says Networks Unlimited Africa.

JOHANNESBURG – July 29, 2019 – In the wake of last week’s City Power ransomware attack, ongoing vigilance, maintenance of systems and a holistic approach to security remains vital for critical infrastructure entities. This is according to Stefan van de Giessen, general manager: cybersecurity at value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa.

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5G is coming: making mobile data networks ready with ProLabs

JOHANNESBURG – July 24, 2019 – The fifth generation of mobile networks (wireless technology) is coming, namely 5G, and it will bring with it significantly faster data speeds. However, in reality, we are globally still two or three years away from a large-scale rollout, as telecom providers continue to run trials and prepare their networks to cope with the huge increase in the demand for communication.

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Clarifying ‘next-generation’ security as Networks Unlimited Africa offers holistic solution suitee

JOHANNESBURG – July 17, 2019 – In order to combat the rising sophistication of security threats, a holistic approach to the different aspects of next-generation security remains critical for today’s business. This is according to Stefan van de Giessen, general manager: cyber security at value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa.

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Fortinet unveils industry’s first SD-WAN ASIC to accelerate and secure the WAN edge

JOHANNESBURG – June 21, 2019 - Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has released new secure SD-WAN offerings, including the industry’s first SD-WAN ASIC , to further enable organisations to implement security-driven networking. Fortinet is distributed throughout Africa by value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa.

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Sextortion highlighted in Cofense™ report as one of top four types of e-mail phishing threats

JOHANNESBURG – June 13, 2019 - “Your device has been compromised with malware. We’ve stolen passwords or other personal data. We’ve been watching you and have webcam footage from visits to dubious sites. Pay up in Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency and your secret is safe.”

These arresting words appear on page 10 of the recently-released Cofense report, ‘Phishing Threat and Malware Review 2019’, amid a section of the report outlining the top four most common types of e-mail phishing threats.

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Bots can skew your analytics… Is your data lying to you?

JOHANNESBURG – May 30, 2019 - Data and analytics are increasingly important tools that help businesses decide where to invest and develop, with one example of this being UPS, which has used data/analytics to save up to $400 million every year through optimising delivery routes.

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Networks Unlimited Africa shows ongoing commitment to education with donation of new laptops to Literacy for Life

JOHANNESBURG – May 23, 2019 – Networks Unlimited Africa, a value-added distributor within the converged technology, data centre, networking and security landscapes, has donated seven new HP laptops to Literacy for Life, thereby once again showing its commitment to education in South Africa’s poorer communities.

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Is your cloud-based app secure or is it costing you money?

JOHANNESBURG – May 17, 2019 – It seems as though each day brings another article about IoT, big data analytics and cloud architectures talking about the unlimited potential for companies trying to gain a competitive edge in an increasingly digital world. Early adopters, who are a bit further along the road to digital transformation, are already enjoying some the benefits of the public cloud, like economies of scale, utility billing and more.

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Networks Unlimited Africa wins two accolades at recent F5 Networks Forum in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG – 15 May, 2019 –The series of F5 Networks Forums held around the globe annually is hailed as a major IT event, no matter where it might take place. This year’s Johannesburg leg was no exception, with the event featuring a number of key global F5 speakers from among the senior echelons of the business.

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The always-on economy gives cloud data management trends a seat at the boardroom table

JOHANNESBURG – 10 May, 2019 –The digital transformation of today’s enterprises requires being able to operate in an ‘always on’ economy; offering instant service delivery for today’s modern consumers with their expectations of immediate fulfilment.
With regards to both data centre and cloud offerings, data management provides an important tool to facilitate an infrastructure that needs to operate in a round-the-clock application availability. At the same time, data must be protected, and compliant with legislation that globally is becoming increasingly stringent and aware of the consumer’s needs.

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Find and quarantine phishing emails faster with Cofense Vision™

JOHANNESBURG – April 30, 2019 – Value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa – local distributors of Cofense™ (formerly PhishMe) solutions – has announced the local availability of Cofense Vision, the company’s newest solution for protecting organisational assets from phishing attacks. Effective defences against phishing must include visibility into the threats that bypass technical controls and are delivered to a user’s mailbox. Users of Cofense Triage™ can already prioritise and understand these threats, and now with the addition of Cofense Vision, security operations centre (SOC) and incident response (IR) teams can more quickly identify and quarantine all phishing messages that are live in their environment.

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Mellanox' network adaptors address cloud performance concerns

JOHANNESBURG – April, 2019 – With the adoption of cloud computing set to soar exponentially over the next year as an increasing number of core business applications are moved off-site1 , so pressure on cloud, network and data centre administrators to provide faster, more reliable and more scalable cloud services will soar.

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Networks Unlimited Africa plays its part in committing to SA education

JOHANNESBURG – April, 2019 – “South African businesses need to get positive about education and commit themselves to playing their role in educating South Africa’s children – the onus cannot lie only on the state.”
This was the message from Anton Jacobsz, CEO at Networks Unlimited Africa, commenting after the company’s recent fifth annual corporate charity golf day, where the two beneficiaries of the event were once again based in the education space, namely The Love Trust and Literacy for Life.

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Phishing threats 2019: the experts tell all

JOHANNESBURG – April 09, 2019 – It is becoming better understood that, in order to stop phishing attacks, we need to be able to see them coming. At the same time, it also helps to have an idea around which phishing and malware threats we should be keeping an eye out for.This is according to Anton Jacobsz, CEO at value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa who was referencing a report[1] shared by Cofense (formerly PhishMe), a leading provider of intelligent phishing defence solutions.

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SevOne SD-WAN Monitoring Solution 2.2 now in SA

JOHANNESBURG – 02 April, 2019 – Value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa, has announced the local availability of SevOne's SD-WAN Monitoring Solution 2.2.
Available through Networks Unlimited Africa, SD-WAN Monitoring Solution version 2.2 promises to further enhance the experience for customers transitioning to next generation branch offices, delivering insights into their existing MPLS networks today as well as the SD-WAN-based infrastructure of tomorrow.

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Networks Unlimited Africa announces multiple award wins in the 2019 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards for partners Carbon Black and Attivo Networks

Carbon Black wins in four categories, Attivo Networks in five

JOHANNESBURG, 29 March 2019 – Networks Unlimited Africa today announced that two of its partners, Carbon Black and Attivo Networks, have won multiple awards in the 2019 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards.
Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK), a leader in cloud-delivered, next-generation endpoint security, has been recognised as a winner in four categories and Attivo Networks, a leading company in cyber security deception technologies, has won in five.

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Understanding a cybercrook's thinking to make people your first defence against phishing

JOHANNESBURG – March 21, 2019 – Ransomware attacks worldwide rose by 350 percent from 2016 to 2017 , says a recent special report by SC Magazine sponsored by Cofense, a provider of intelligent phishing defence solutions.
“Security pros constantly invent better mousetraps, but the mice never stop evolving,” is Josh Bartolomie’s first statement in the report. The Director of Research at Cofense goes on to ask: if the ‘mice’ keep evolving, how exactly can organisations stop attacks?

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Frost & Sullivan announces findings of global Silver Peak sponsored global SD-WAN survey

JOHANNESBURG – March 12, 2019 - Global market research and consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan, has recently announced the findings of a global end-user market survey sponsored by leading software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution provider, Silver Peak. The survey offers insights into enterprise IT decision makers’ thoughts on SD-WAN market trends and their impact on enterprise WAN architectures .

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Unlocking the 5G promise

Before we can truly embrace the tantalising promise of 5G, network operators must consider a number of architectural realities

JOHANNESBURG – March 06, 2019 – As we head further into 2019, the world of telecoms continues to be abuzz with talk about 5G networks.
5G represents an exponential step-change from our current cellular data networks (3G and 4G), promising speeds hundreds or even thousands of times faster than we have today. 5G has the potential to unlock incredible new digital services: from self-driving cars, to AI robots, connected cities, telemedicine, drone deliveries, smart farming, and new immersive virtual realities… among other possibilities. But just how does 5G work, and what makes it different from today's mobile networks?

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Hidden malware: exposed!

JOHANNESBURG – February 28, 2019 – Cybersecurity continues to climb the priority list for organisations of all sizes and, with things changing as quickly as they do and new threats being introduced daily, not to mention attackers continuously evolving their approaches, it's difficult to keep up.

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Five-star peer-review rating for Fortinet network security offerings

JOHANNESBURG – February 18, 2019 – Fortinet network security products deliver outstanding functionality, ease of implementation and excellent cost-benefits. This is according to dozens of Fortinet customers from across the economic spectrum who posted their evaluations of the products on the Gartner Peer Insights review site.

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Need-to-know for small businesses: How Networks Unlimited Africa and Cofense™ offer no-cost simulation solution against phishing

JOHANNESBURG – February 2019 – Cofense™, a leading provider of human-focused phishing defence solutions which enable people to identify, report, and mitigate such threats as spear phishing and malware, is keenly aware that small businesses are significant targets for cyber attackers. This is against a background in which small businesses already face significant challenges in sustaining and growing their existence. Therefore, in support of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the critical role they play in economies around the globe, the company (which was formerly known as PhishMe) launched Cofense PhishMe Free™, a no-cost, easy-to-use version of its anti-phishing simulation solution.

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App services critical in a DevOps-driven multi-cloud world, says fifth annual F5 survey

JOHANNESBURG February 11, 2019 – The recent release of the fifth annual ‘State of Application Services’ report by F5 Networks shows that organisations regard application services as being vital for cloud adoption and, indeed, their ultimate success in today’s app-driven digital economy. The study looks at the way that digital transformation is driving strategic decisions about deployment and management of apps.

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Carbon Black receives five-star ratings for EDR solutions

WALTHAM, Mass. — January 22, 2019––Carbon Black(NASDAQ: CBLK), a leader in next-generation endpoint security delivered via the cloud, today announced it has received 112 five-star ratings from customers in the January 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice for Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) Solutions, the most of any vendor in the EDR category as of January 15, 2019.

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DDoS is the new spam – but just like spam, we can mitigate against it

JOHANNESBURG January 22, 2019 – Always-on, always-connected apps can help power and transform your business – but for threat actors, they can also act as gateways to data beyond the protections of your firewalls. With most attacks happening at the application level, protecting the capabilities that drive your business means protecting the apps that make them happen.

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Release of first F5 annual Application Protection Report outlines key risks and defences

JOHANNESBURG December 12, 2018 –A recently released report by F5 Networks has shed light on the frequency and nature of web application attacks. The first annual Application Protection Report from F5 surveyed 3,135 IT and security practitioners across the globe, while additional research conducted by Whatcom Community College (University of Washington Tacoma), along with data from WhiteHat Security and Loryka, served to make this one of the most comprehensive application protection reports available today.

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As the first GDPR summons is issued, how will you protect your firm from a similar fate?

JOHANNESBURG – November 27,2018 –Four months after the European Union’s ground-breaking General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, the first-ever formal GDPR notice has been served. The target is AggregateIQ: a company that had ties to controversial consulting firm Cambridge Analytica (which closed its doors earlier this year).

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F5 says: Beware cyber scammers as you prepare to shop before and after Black Friday


JOHANNESBURG November 22, 2018 –With ‘Black Friday’ just around the corner, this year on 23 November, South Africans are preparing once again to embrace and make this popular American shopping day their own, where retailers offer massive discounts for both online as well as bricks-and-mortar shoppers. But be warned – in the same way that scammers come out to try and relieve people of their money in the physical world - the beginning of the November/December retail season brings out the cyber-thieves online also.

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“Look out, Mac users!” – and other phishing predictions from Cofense

JOHANNESBURG – November 05, 2018 –The idea that it takes an average of 191 days to detect a data breach is quite astonishing. That is, in essence, half a year. And yet this is the reality of how long a cybercriminal can potentially have access to an organisation’s network resources and sensitive data– an unacceptably long time indeed for someone with ill intentions to plan a cyber attack.

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Phishing insight from security professionals

Over 100 security professionals tell Cofense™how they combat the threat of corporate phishing

JOHANNESBURG – October 30, 2018 –Threat actors understand that one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to enter an organisation illicitly is by tricking legitimate employees into allowing the threat actor into the infection process and thereby breaching the company’s defences. This premise lies at the heart of today’s phishing attacks, when fraudulent e-mails, purporting to be from a reputable source, induce individuals to unwittingly reveal personal information such as passwords and financial information.

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Mellanox’ high throughput and low latency enables supercomputing bigger picture in Africa

Mellanox powers Africa’s supercomputer and supports SA team in International Student Cluster Competition

JOHANNESBURG – October 09, 2018 – Many people are simply unaware that the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), which is based at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Cape Town, is home to the fastest computer on the continent. Africa’s most powerful supercomputer is currently ranked 167 on the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful computers. This list is published twice a year and the TOP500 list provides an important tool for tracking trends in high performance computing.

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How the humble Ethernet switch helps the world’s most sophisticated traders break the low latency trading barrier

Next-gen intelligent interconnect from Mellanox SN2000 series Ethernet switches with Cumulus Linux

JOHANNESBURG – October 03, 2018 –In the world of stock exchanges, algorithms can be used to trade billions of dollars in nanoseconds. In fact, computers and algorithms execute most of the world’s equity market trades today . In simple language, this means that the days when traders shouted buy and sell orders on a stock exchange floor are long gone. Algorithmic trading uses computers programmed to follow a defined set of instructions (the algorithm) for placing a trade, in order to generate profits at a speed and frequency impossible for a human trader. In order to do this, highly sophisticated computing equipment is required, both by the stock exchange as well as by the traders who work in this arena.

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As the first GDPR summons is issued, how will you protect your firm from a similar fate?

JOHANNESBURG – October 01, 2018 – Four months after the European Union’s ground-breaking General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, the first-ever formal GDPR notice has been served. The target is AggregateIQ: a company that had ties to controversial consulting firm Cambridge Analytica (which closed its doors earlier this year).

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Thales: Data breaches at US financial services businesses on the rise

JOHANNESBURG – 27 September 2018 - Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, has released a report noting that 42 percent of US financial services organisations have experienced a security breach in the past. According to its 2017 Data Threat Report, Financial Services Edition, which was issued in conjunction with 451 Research, the report further noted that 12 percent were victims of multiple data breaches.

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Launch of Cb Protection 8.1 by Carbon Black eases replacement of legacy antivirus on critical systems and servers

JOHANNESBURG – September 18, 2018 –Carbon Black, a leader in next-generation endpoint security, has launched version 8.1 of Cb Protection, its application control solution that locks down servers and critical systems, prevents unwanted changes and ensures continuous compliance with regulatory mandates.

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Moving to cloud? Take note of common security needs

JOHANNESBURG – August 22, 2018 –The claim that cloud computing is radically transforming the way organisations (both big and small) do business, for better, agile and faster results, has becomefact. However, there are still numerous scares denting the confidence of decision makers to shift workloads to the cloud, and security in the cloud continues to have an impact on the “shall we stay on premise or go hybrid or settle in the cloud” conundrum.

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Visibility is dead; long live real-time network visibility

JOHANNESBURG – August, 2018 –When it comes to network downtime in any industry, the underlying statistics tell us one thing: it costs money and lots of it. According to the Ponemon Institute, downtime can cost around an astounding $8,000 per minute, which means an hour-long network outage can cost a business over half a million dollars. A separate IHS Inc. report underlines this claim, saying medium and large companies that typically experience five minutes of downtime each month are looking at losses equating to $1 million and $60 million per year, respectively.

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Critical factors to fuel the data-driven enterprise

JOHANNESBURG – July, 2018 – Successful digital businesses depend on data to provide the insights necessary to deliver new innovations, products, and services. But those insights are only as good as the underlying data. As the number of business decision-makers who depend on real-time data increases, the issue of data governance grows increasingly important.

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F5 reports rising multi-cloud adoption

JOHANNESBURG17 July, 2018 –More and more businesses globally are moving to a multi-cloud situation to deploy or access services. This is according to F5 Networks’ recent report, ‘The State of Application Delivery 2018’ (SOAD), in which more than 50 percent of the respondents, representing IT professionals from all over the globe, said they use between two and six cloud environments.

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Twice as much: The shift towards an active-active

JOHANNESBURG – July , 2018 –Being proactive in business has always yielded much more generous results than being passive. The same can be said for an organisation’s network. So, you can just imaging the immense benefits of being doubly active

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Tackling the pertinent aspects of GDPR

JOHANNESBURG –June 15, 2018–For businesses around the world, including Africa, theimplementation of the European Union’s (EU)General Data Protection Regulation  (GDPR) is particularly pertinent. This is because the GDPR applies not only to all states in the EU, but more especially to any companies that market goods or services to EU residents.

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Networks Unlimited supports young learners with laptop donations in two less-privileged communities

JOHANNESBURG 08 June, 2018 – Networks Unlimited, a value-added distributor within the converged technology, data centre, networking and security landscapes, has donatednew laptops to assist young learners in two different institutions operating within poorer communities in Gauteng. This forms part of the company’s corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives and focuses on the need for both educators and learners to have access to technology.

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EdgeConnect and what it can do for your SD-WAN

JOHANNESBURG – May 21, 2018 - While most SD-WAN (software defined wide area network) solutions promise to save money and improve network agility, it is possible to help customers build a better WAN to deliver higher levels of application performance, business productivity and user experience.

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Global WAF report underscores F5 as key player in web application firewall security

JOHANNESBURG – May 03, 2018 - F5’s position as a dominant player in the Web Application Firewall (WAF) market has been underscored by its participation in ‘Global Web Application Firewall Market Research Report 2017 to 2022’, which presents an in-depth assessment of the WAF market including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers and challenges.

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Attivo Networks®showcases need for deception technology as global cyberwarfare heatsup

JOHANNESBURG, April ,2018 –During mid-April, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the United Kingdompresented detailed plans to government departments about the priority areas where the NCSC will work with the government, industry and law enforcement to improve the cyber resilience of the UK’s most important systems.

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Cyber-security: from endpoint to datacentre, where do we begin?

JOHANNESBURG – April, 2018 –The cyber-security landscape is ever shifting, with new threats hurtling into vision on a regular basis. To deal withthese threats, organisations need agile and comprehensive security strategies – covering the entire spectrum of endpoints, networks, datacentres, applications and access control.

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Cyber-security in 2018: The Big Five

JOHANNESBURG - 22 March 2018 – Cyber attacks have become something far greater than an embarrassing nuisance. As businesses are increasingly reliant on digital platforms for almost every aspect of their operations, an attack can cause everything from direct financial loss and brand damage, to destroyed consumer trust, supply chain disruption, contract and SLA breaches, and regulatory fines.

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Where WAF fits into the data path

JOHANNESBURG – 15 March 2018 - Web application firewalls (WAFs) are an integral component of application protection. They are excellent at protection against the OWASP (The Open Web Application Security Project) Top 10 and are a go-to solution for addressing zero day vulnerabilities – but where do you put them?

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Cloud computing evolves, becomes enterprise cloud-as-a-service

JOHANNESBURG – January 24, 2018 – Over the past two decades or so, the concept of cloud computing has evolved dramatically, as new data centre and networking technologies came to the fore, and new types of ‘cloud’ emerged.

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Hypergrid offers full-stack cloud solution for containers with pay-as-you-go consumption model

JOHANNESBURG – February 12, 2018 – Containerisation has been the driving force behind efforts to accelerate software development, move to the cloud, and modernise legacy applications. This is according to an article written recently by Amjad Afanah https://hypergrid.com/5-reasons-hypergrid-is-going-to-rock-dockercon-1-a-full-stack-cloud-solution-for-containers-with-no-upfront-costs-and-a-pay-as-you-go-consumption-model/

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Fortinet Q4 threat landscape report confirms previous predictions of swarm attacks

JOHANNESBURG – March, 2018 –The most recent Global Threat Landscape Report from Fortinet, securers of the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world, says thatautomated and sophisticated swarm attacks are accelerating, making it increasingly difficult for organisations to protect users, applications and devices.

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Networks Unlimited Joins Carbon Black Partner Programme as a Solutions Provider Partner

JOHANNESBURG –01 March 2018 – Networks Unlimited, a leading value-added distributor within the Sub-Saharan Africa market, today announced it has joined the Carbon Black partner programme as a Value Added Distributor (VAD). Carbon Black is a leader in next-generation endpoint security.

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Early detection and rapid response critical for targeted attack remediation

JOHANNESBURG – 23 February 2018 – In combatting a targeted attack on your network, early detection and rapid response are both critical. Cyber security experts accept the strong possibility that criminals will be able to enter their network at some or other point, and in this context, the issue becomes less about being able to keep them out, and more about detecting them and taking remedial action as soon as their presence is discovered. This is according to a recent report from global cybersecurity company RSA.

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SD-WAN will showcase more than just cost-savings in 2018 as value proposition continues to expand

JOHANNESBURG – 21 February, 2018 – Software defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) have been generally known for a value proposition that revolves around cost savings on bandwidth. When businesses look to cut the high costs of running a wide area network, SD-WANs can help to save on money by replacing high cost MPLS networks with lower cost broadband internet connections.

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The cloud could be the strongest business weapon yet

JOHANNESBURG – February 20, 2018 – “The snowball effect of cloud computing is the increasing manner in how businesses meet their IT needs,” says Anton Jacobsz, managing director at African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited.

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Automate application deployments with F5 BIG-IP and Puppet as 2018 gears up for exciting new mobile app trends

JOHANNESBURG – 13 January, 2018 – As businesses adopt digital transformation strategies to venture into new income streams as well as remain competitive, the need for speed remains a major driver in the crucial business differential of delivering great customer experiences quickly.

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Cyber security: The winner takes it all

JOHANNESBURG – February 09, 2018 – It is pretty much a given that the majority of people have their personal information documented somewhere in virtual space. This data has been captured in many forms and bits and bytes through online transactions, social engagement, studies, business and work, shopping, medical treatments, and also through play (such as answering those fun personality quizzes on Facebook, for example, or by gaming). The thing is though, to live, survive and cope in this world, internet users are arguably forced to put their trust into the custodians of their data to keep it safe, accessible at any time from anywhere and, of course, on a multiple of devices and platforms. .

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Deception Technology Comes of Age

JOHANNESBURG, February 07, 2018 – Deception is usually frowned on by most societies and can carry negative connotations. But can deception ever be a positive? Cybersecurity company Attivo Networks believes that it certainly can be.

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Networking and management concerns and solutions as the fourth industrial revolution continues to evolve By Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited

JOHANNESBURG – January 30, 2018 – The global market for application performance management software is projected to reach USD5 billion by 2020, driven by the growing need to monitor the performance of applications in complex software-defined enterprises. The market is witnessing a phase of invigorated growth, and this is being led by: revolutionary developments in technologies, the growing need to gain better business visibility and improve operational efficiency, a focus on the use of customer-facing applications to enhance customer satisfaction, and innovations in the field of real-time monitoring and analytics.

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User lock-down or education? Just one of today’s cybersecurity issues in a rapidly evolving landscape

JOHANNESBURG – According to the recent PwC report, The Global State of Information Security Survey 2018, companies around the globe are becoming more reliant on cyber capabilities and this means that, in turn, they must also recognise and manage the associated risks, or make themselves vulnerable to large-scale events with significant disruptive consequences.

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South Africa at higher risk of data breaches, says phishing trend report

JOHANNESBURG – January 15, 2018 – The recent release by PhishMe®, the leading provider of human phishing defence solutions, of its South Africa Phishing Response Trends Report shows some startling findings in terms of security incidents stemming from deceptive e-mails. According to the report, some 90 percent of respondents have dealt with security incidents originating from deceptive e-mails, and yet more than half of the respondents do not possess the right tools and processes to effectively mitigate such threats.

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Taking enterprise security to the board

JOHANNESBURG – January 11, 2018 – It’s that time of year, again, with many companies busying themselves in the art of budgeting and forecasting for 2018. In some companies, this means the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) having to communicate the importance of including enterprise security in this planning, using a language that the members of the board will understand.

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Business success and nimbleness accumulated in cloud gets serious

JOHANNESBURG January 05, 2018 The outstanding business value delivered by cloud technology has seen numerous small businesses boom into global giants. Cloud computing is the not-so-secret key to a business success, says Anton Jacobsz, managing director of value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited. For years, the mantra for good business has been to have a brilliant support system in place so that execs can focus on the business at hand and cloud offers an excellent IT core on which to build and grow a business.

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An AI a day…

JOHANNESBURG – December 19, 2017 – One of the greatest benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) to humankind is its influence on the medical field.
“Powered by some of the most sophisticated technology, AI is assisting in improving medical diagnosis,” says Anton Jacobs, managing director at African value-added technology distributor, Networks Unlimited.

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Trend alert: RDMA goes the distance

JOHANNESBURG – December 15, 2017 – It’s that time of year again; a time for reflection over the past 12 months. These days, however, one year can seem like a decade or more considering the speed at which technology is innovating, and in networking it’s been a great year for storage modernisation.

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In the thick of today’s cloud capabilities, Networks Unlimited leads the way

JOHANNESBURG – December 11, 2017 – There’s no question that cloud computing is one of the big movements in IT circles today. The world-wide adoption of cloud services is growing at an almost exponential rate, due to the capability of cloud platforms to enable new, complex business models and orchestrate globally-based integration networks.

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Attivo Networks bolsters security defences across South and Sub-Saharan Africa with Networks Unlimited

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – November 28, 2017 – Attivo Networks®, the leader in deception for cyber security threat detection, today announced a strategic partnership with Networks Unlimited, Africa’s leading value-added distributor. With this distribution partnership, Attivo Networks and Networks Unlimited together aim to extend comprehensive next-generation deception-based cyber security defence to customers across the South and Sub-Saharan region.

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SDN enables today’s business cases

JOHANNESBURG – November 07, 2017 – Computer networks are the heart of modern communication, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is considered a revolution in terms of how today’s networks are designed, built and operated.

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Data backup needs to improve a lot, not just a little

JOHANNESBURG – November 15, 2017 – Data lies at the very core of an organisation’s success in the digital economy, spurring the evolution of data backup and recovery technology.

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SDN enables today’s business cases

JOHANNESBURG – November 07, 2017 – Computer networks are the heart of modern communication, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is considered a revolution in terms of how today’s networks are designed, built and operated.

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Networks Unlimited partners with SevOne to bolster network monitoring in the Sub-Saharan region

JOHANNESBURG – 01 November 2017 – Value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has announced its distribution agreement with SevOne, a leading provider of digital infrastructure management solutions, for the Sub-Saharan region.

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Key considerations in using a web application firewall

JOHANNESBURG – October 30, 2017 – Cyber security specialists are realising more and more the growing danger of application layer threats to a network. While there is no denying the need to remain aware of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, application layer attacks are very difficult to detect and provide little or no advanced warning before attacking your applications. This is according to Simon McCullough, major channel account manager at F5, the specialist in application delivery networking and technology for the delivery of web applications, as well as security and network and cloud resources.

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A buyer’s market in the global economics of DDoS attacks

JOHANNESBURG – October 19, 2017 – It’s a buyer’s market in the local property arena at the moment, according to certain industry experts. This is largely as a result of the slower economy, which has seen a rise in the number of properties for sale. But did you know that globally, it’s a buyer’s market as well when we look at the economics of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks? The second, of course, is an underground market, largely regarded as a criminal one.

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Networks Unlimited offers local clients hottest global tech in cloud computing

JOHANNESBURG – October 25, 2017 – “When it comes to IT innovation, the cloud certainly has shown itself to have the most precious lining,” states Anton Jacobsz, managing director at value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited.

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Ten critical areas to strengthen your security position and risk mitigation strategies

JOHANNESBURG –October 24 , 2017 – The changing face of IT security is seen in such factors of modern life as the pervasiveness of the Internet, the sheer abundance of mobile devices, the rise of social media, and dramatic shifts in web and cloud-based technology. The Internet of Things (IoT) adds another layer of complexity in which applications are at the core of this changing landscape. According to F5 data that tracks the 25 largest security breaches between 2000 and 2015, an astounding 72 percent of today’s attacks target identities and applications, not the network.

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Say what? SD-WAN set to change communication status quo

JOHANNESBURG – October 16, 2017 - As more applications move to the cloud, companies are finding multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) is no longer sufficient to address today’s WAN requirements. In fact, it’s a little like playing “broken telephone”

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Networks Unlimited partners with Uplogix to automate network management across the Sub-Saharan region

JOHANNESBURG – 29 August 2017 – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has signed a distribution agreement with Uplogix to expand the distribution of its remote network management platform to the Sub-Saharan region.

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Networks Unlimited partners with Thales to accelerate digital transformation in Africa

JOHANNESBURG – 26 September 2017 – African value added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has a signed a partnership agreement with Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, to assist organisations operating on the continent in their digital transformation efforts.

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SD-WAN: An answer to improving network performance

JOHANNESBURG – September 18, 2017 – “The consistent, reliable, low latency and, above all, fast performance of an organisation’s network is a non-negotiable in the era of digitisation,” states Anton Jacobsz, managing director at value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited.

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Mellanox InfiniBand still central to the phased growth plan for South Africa’s CHPC

JOHANNESBURG – September 15, 2017 – Nearly two years have passed since The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) chose Mellanox FDR InfiniBand to assist it in its goal of providing high-end computing resources to the South African community. Given phased growth planning and the aspirations of both organisations, the interconnect solution from Mellanox Technologies is proving to be just as important today.

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Networks Unlimited establishes ESM business unit to meet high client demand

JOHANNESBURG- 13 September – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has established a new Enterprise Systems Management (ESM) business unit to meet the technology demands of its customers across the continent. Hannes Rheeder will head up the new unit.

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Service delivery in IT paramount to organisational success

JOHANNESBURG - 11 September 2017 - Improving the efficiency and reliability of IT operations, enhancing security and compliance, a proactive approach to maintenance, return on investment and costs savings, and freeing up IT employees to work on strategic projects, are some of the top factors driving clients to service providers.

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Rubrik’s breakthrough Alta release delivers instant application availability for any app, anywhere

JOHANNESBURG – 05 September 2017 - Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management Company, recently announced the landmark 4.0 Alta release of its Cloud Data Management platform, which provides instant application availability anytime, anywhere regardless of infrastructure.

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Deep learning is changing the way we live

JOHANNESBURG – 29 August, 2017 – Analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data – these conversations are no longer complete without the term “deep learning”, a powerful phrase that is increasingly becoming part of the business vocabulary as it recognises life-changing advantages.

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New study puts Arbor Networks in global first place when it comes to DDoS protection

JOHANNESBURG – The growing size, frequency and complexity of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks presents a serious challenge for any business. A recent study by industry analysts Quadrant Knowledge Solutions has identified Arbor Networks as the global market and technology leader in providing DDoS mitigation solutions.

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Networks Unlimited offers effective security and network solutions to support SA’s evolution of the digital classroom

JOHANNESBURG – August 15, 2017 – The growing threat of ransomware today looms across a number of different industries – healthcare, retail, hospitality, finance and insurance, government, professional services, technology and manufacturing - and education is not immune. However, unlike some of the other aforementioned industries, educational institutions frequently need to solve their IT challenges on very limited budgets.

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The rise of security as a service in the evolving threat landscape

JOHANNESBURG - 10 August 2017 - The constant evolution of the global security threat landscape is playing a part in the rise of cyber ‘security as a service’ offerings. In addition, the evergreen discussion around cost modelling, namely the ‘Capex vs Opex?’ issue, is also a factor in the promotion of this type of service, particularly when it comes to security approaches of enterprises verses smaller businesses.

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Does Wi-Fi network compliance equal corporate data security?

JOHANNESBURG – August 08, 2017 – If a network is compliant with regulations, does that mean it’s secure? Unfortunately for both IT professionals and businesses, it does not.

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7 traits to look for in an SD-WAN provider

JOHANNESBURG – August 4, 2017 – Software-defined Wide Area Networks (WAN) have certainly captured the attention of CIOs across nearly every industry, promising greater control over WAN infrastructure and the application traffic that’s traversing the network.

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The likelihood of being hacked is at an all time high - it’s time to up the security game

JOHANNESBURG – 31 July 2017 – Two significant events happened recently. One positive, the other, cripplingly negative.

First the good: The International Labour Organization recently recognised cybersecurity as a part of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, as being hacked does not just put company’s assets or reputation at risk, but can also affects people’s health.

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Bridge the ‘Gap of Grief’ with RSA

JOHANNESBURG – July 24, 2017 – A Business-Driven Security architecture was recently unveiled by RSA, a Dell Technologies business, offering a new approach to assist enterprises to manage cyber risk and protect what matters most to them, be it their financial records, IP, and more.

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RSA delivers ‘Hunter Packs’, equips RSA NetWitness Suite for threat detection and response

JOHANNESBURG – RSA, a Dell Technologies business, has unveiled updates and enhancements to the RSA NetWitness Suite that gives analysts the industry’s most advanced threat detection and response solution to discover, contain and ultimately eradicate threats.

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Mandela Day 2017: Networks Unlimited lends practical support to church’s goal of creating sustainable vegetable garden

JOHANNESBURG – July 20, 2017 – Networks Unlimited, a value-added distributor within the converged technology, data centre, networking and security landscapes, has supported the fund-raising efforts of one of its partners, EOH, at the Randpark Ridge United Church in Johannesburg, by helping to upgrade the church’s vegetable garden.

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African organisations to benefit from Rubrik’s integration with Pure Storage; solution delivers integrated hybrid cloud functionality, simplicity and performance across all environments

JOHANNESBURG - 17 July 2017 - Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management company, has announced its data protection solution for Pure Storage FlashBlade, along with new integration between Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management Products and Pure Storage’s FlashArray//M. With this new collaboration, customers can achieve simplicity, performance and integrated data management across hybrid cloud environments.

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Networks Unlimited brings Rubrik’s award-winning remote Cloud backup to SA

JOHANNESBURG – July 11, 2017 – Networks Unlimited, an African value-added distributor of converged technology, data centre, networking, and security technology solutions, has announced the availability of Rubrik Edge.

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Getting to grips with the Petya virus as fictional scenario becomes global fact

JOHANNESBURG – June 30, 2017 – Picture the scene: in parts of Africa and Europe, office workers are sitting at their computers when the instruction comes into their office mailboxes: ‘As a precautionary measure, turn off your Windows-based computer and do not use wi-fi – the company is under attack globally from a new virus software’. Elsewhere near Mumbai, a terminal at India’s biggest container port is unable to load or unload because of the attack, as the facility can’t identify which shipment belongs to which company. In Kiev where the attack begins, operations are disabled in government systems, private global companies and the Chernobyl nuclear facility. This all sounds like a scene from Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible, filming right now, but instead it is, unfortunately, fact and not fiction

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Multi-tenancy for the cloud enables economies of scale

JOHANNESBURG – June 30, 2017 –Multi-tenancy is an architecture where a single instance of a software application runs on a server and services multiple customers – referred to, in this case, as tenants.

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The irresistible allure and unstoppable rise of the public cloud

JOHANNESBURG - 29 June 2017 - The International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that more than 80 percent of IT organisations will be committed to hybrid cloud architectures by the end of this year, vastly driving the rate and pace of change in organisations. In addition, its analysts predict that by 2018, at least half of IT spending will be cloud based, reaching 60 percent of all IT infrastructure, and 60 to 70 percent of all software, services, and technology spending by 2020. https://www.idc.com/research/viewtoc.jsp?containerId=259840

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Great expectations for new era of enterprise firewalls

JOHANNESBURG – June 28, 2017 – The recent surge in network security preparedness has been driven by threats related to remote access employees - threats that penetrate and persist unnoticed – as well as rapid updates and integrated threat intelligence. This is according to Frost and Sullivan research, published in March 2016.

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True Cloud for carrier-neutral service providers: moving beyond direct connect models

JOHANNESBURG – June 27, 2017 – As adoption and use of public cloud services accelerates, carrier-neutral service providers have moved quickly to create new offerings that benefit hybrid cloud scenarios, says James Thomason, chief technology officer of HyperGrid, the enterprise cloud service company that provides public-cloud services on-premises through HyperCloud.

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Connected Cars: From here to autonomy

JOHANNESBURG – June 14, 2017 – South African consumers’ great love affair with the automobile is set to grow ever more passionate, as an array of new technologies start rapidly entering our cars – reshaping the travel experience for the millions that head out onto our roads every day.

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Making people your best defence against phishing

JOHANNESBURG – June 13, 2017 – The recent launch in South Africa of PhishMe®, an end-to-end phishing mitigation solution, has shown how companies worldwide can make people their best defence against the malicious art of phishing.

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Ten steps for combating DDoS in real time

JOHANNESBURG – June 12, 2017 – To the uninitiated, a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack can be a scary, stressful ordeal. But don’t panic. Follow these steps by David Holmes, senior technical marketing manager: Security, F5 Networks, to successfully fight an attack:

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Mellanox 10/25/40/50/56/100 Gigabit Ethernet converged network adapters: flexible I/O for the dynamic data centre

JOHANNESBURG – June 09, 2017 – Mellanox continues its leadership in providing high-performance networking technologies by delivering superior productivity and scaling in 10/25/40/50/56/100 Gigabit Ethernet Adapters, enabling data centres to do more with less.

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Virtualisation, hyper-convergence and the data explosion

JOHANNESBURG ‐ June 05, 2017 ‐ Data management and ROI value have long been serious IT challenges. Whether you run a small home office or are part of an expansive enterprise, the issues remain the same; we are drowning in data. Not only drowning, but also required to store and safeguard this data for many reasons ranging from security requirements, across legal compliances, disaster recovery in the case of system failure or compromise, right down to pure access to our data for both business use and ever more critical analysis to leverage the information it contains to benefit our businesses.

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Networks Unlimited introduces entire Mellanox Ethernet Switch System family to Africa; supports speeds of 10/25/40/50/56/100GbE

JOHANNESBURG – May 22, 2017 – Networks Unlimited, an African value-added distributor of converged technology, data centre, networking, and security technology solutions, has announced the availability of the entire Mellanox Ethernet Switch System family.

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How Tintri’s enterprise Cloud realises the ‘bi-modal’ vision

JOHANNESBURG – May 18, 2017 – As more and more CIOs look towards a target state that’s popularly, if loosely, defined by terms like ‘bi-modal IT’ or ‘two-speed architecture’, many wonder how to turn that vision into practical reality.

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